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Pale Rider -- A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

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Director:
Writers:
Michael Butler (written by) &
Dennis Shryack (written by)
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Release Date:
28 June 1985 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Hell comes home See more »
Plot:
A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
a film that revived the Western genre See more (126 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Preacher

Michael Moriarty ... Hull Barret

Carrie Snodgress ... Sarah Wheeler

Chris Penn ... Josh LaHood (as Christopher Penn)

Richard Dysart ... Coy LaHood

Sydney Penny ... Megan Wheeler

Richard Kiel ... Club

Doug McGrath ... Spider Conway

John Russell ... Stockburn
Charles Hallahan ... McGill
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Jagou

Fran Ryan ... Ma Blankenship
Richard Hamilton ... Jed Blankenship
Graham Paul ... Ev Gossage
Chuck Lafont ... Eddie Conway (as Chuck LaFont)

Jeffrey Weissman ... Teddy Conway
Allen Keller ... Tyson

Randy Oglesby ... Elam (as Tom Oglesby)

Herman Poppe ... Ulrik Lindquist
Kathleen Wygle ... Bess Gossage

Terrence Evans ... Jake Henderson
Jim Hitson ... Biggs
Loren Adkins ... Bossy
Thomas H. Friedkin ... Miner Tom (as Tom Friedkin)

S.A. Griffin ... Deputy Folke
Jack Radosta ... Deputy Grissom
Robert Winley ... Deputy Kobold

Billy Drago ... Deputy Mather
Jeffrey Josephson ... Deputy Sedge

John Dennis Johnston ... Deputy Tucker

Michael Adams ... Horseman (as Mike Adams)

Clay M. Lilley ... Horseman (as Clay Lilley)

Gene Hartline ... Horseman

R.L. Tolbert ... Horseman
Clifford Happy ... Horseman (as Cliff Happy)
Ross Loney ... Horseman
Larry Randles ... Horseman
Mike H. McGaughy ... Horseman (as Mike McGaughy)
Jerry Gatlin ... Horseman (as Gerry Gatlin)
Lloyd Nelson ... Bank Teller
Jay K. Fishburn ... Telegrapher
George Orrison ... Stationmaster Whitey
Milton Murrill ... Porter
Mike Munsey ... Dentist / Barber
Keith Dillin ... Blacksmith
Buddy Van Horn ... Stage Driver (as Wayne Van Horn)
Fritz Manes ... Stage Rider
Glenn Wright ... Stage Rider
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Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
Michael Butler (written by) &
Dennis Shryack (written by)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Fritz Manes .... executive producer
David Valdes .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
 
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
Barbara Guedel .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fritz Manes .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Earl Beesley .... second assistant director
L. Dean Jones Jr. .... second assistant director
David Valdes .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Airick Kredell .... lead man
Bob Lawless .... stand-by painter
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Robert E. Sessa .... set designer (as Bob Sessa)
Jay Newington .... set dresser: Sonora (uncredited)
Scott Nifong .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Donald L. Bolger .... cable man
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound effects editor (as Bob Henderson)
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound effects editor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Jules Strasser .... boom man
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Brooke Henderson)
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Tom Ellison .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
Leroy Hershkowitz .... stunts
Walt La Rue .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator (as Wayne Van Horn)
James Winburn .... stunts (as Jim Winburn)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Ayer .... best boy
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (as Kirk E. Bales)
Brad Edmiston .... camera assistant
Buzz Feitshans IV .... camera assistant
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (as Jack Green)
Leo J. Napolitano .... additional camera operator (as Leo Napolitano)
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Stephen St. John .... additional camera operator
Baird Steptoe .... camera assistant
Tom Stern .... gaffer
Tama Takahashi .... camera assistant
Mike Thomas .... camera assistant
Bill Young .... dolly grip (as William C. Young)
Víctor Pérez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Phyllis Huffman .... casting executive
Christopher Gorman .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... wardrobe: men (as Darryl Athons)
Deborah Hopper .... wardrobe: women (as Deborah Ann Hopper)
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jack Garsha .... color timer
John Morrisey .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation captain
H. William Miller .... transportation coordinator (as Bill Miller)
 
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Paul A. Calabria .... animal handler (as Paul Calabria)
Jay K. Fishburn .... wrangler
Judie Hoyt .... assistant to producers
Linda Sony Kinney .... production secretary
Michael Maurer .... assistant to producers
Michael Maurer .... auditor
Bill McCamby .... first aid
Karin McElhatton .... animal handler (as Karin Dew)
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Jim Porter .... first aid
Elise Ganz .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Bill McCamey .... first aid nurse (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
115 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Warren Clarke has said in an interview with TV Times that he was offered a role in this projectSee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: One of Stockburn's bad guy deputies, actor John Dennis Johnston, appears earlier in the film as one of the pan-handlers, during Michael Moriarty's night-time fire-side speech about not taking the $1000 to get out of town.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Megan Wheeler:Lindsey.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Back to the Future Part III (1990)See more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
a film that revived the Western genre, 2 December 2007
Author: TheUnknown837-1 from United States

During the early 80s, the Western genre was beginning to lose its position in Hollywood, and losing its impact on the audience. And the financial disaster of the Western "Heaven's Gate" did not really make very many producers any more enthusiastic about putting their money in to make Western films. But one of the producers, more famous as an actor and director, who was willing to make another Western, was Clint Eastwood. Maybe because Westerns like "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" had started his career in the 60s, he felt he owed it to at least himself to try and revive the genre before Hollywood officially threw it in the scrap pile.

"Pale Rider" was, and still is, a phenomenal success of a film. After its release, the Western genre was saved and brought back to life for several more years. It has fallen down nonetheless, but has not disappeared from cinema screens. And we really owe it all to Clint Eastwood for this film. "Pale Rider" is one of his best Westerns. It is well-acted, well characterized, has plenty of action, and is overall a great achievement.

As one might expect, Clint Eastwood plays a mysterious stranger in this film. Very much like in the Dollars Trilogy and "High Plains Drifter", his character is never given an actual name. The character Eastwood plays in this film, however, is different than the squinting gunslingers he played in the past. This character is more anti-violent than the previous ones and doesn't even put his hand on a six-gun until the film is more than half-over. He mingles with the bad guys plenty of times, but rarely ever with a shooting iron. He's still a man of few words, but isn't as cold and self-concerned.

Along with Eastwood, we have a cast made up of fine actors such as Michael Moriarty, the late Chris Penn, Richard A. Dysart, and one of the most popular of Western villains John Russell as a corrupt marshal by the name of Stockburn. Russell's character is one of the coldest cinema villains I've seen in a long time and his limited screen time aids in his impact and appearance. Russell's cold, almost lifeless voice added with Lennie Niehaus's eerie background music score brings a spine-chilling atmosphere to the film when the character speaks some of his first dialogue in the film. Like Eastwood's character, Stockburn is a character that says little, yet still delivers an enormous impact.

Scenery in "Pale Rider" was absolutely beautiful, especially when combined with the effective lighting and cinematography. Many times in the film, we see a mountain directly smack center in the background. The cinematography is most of the time, dark and eerie. Dark scenes are even darker than usual, making this vision of the Old West even dirtier and savage than in most Westerns. And yet it isn't shown as being entirely savage, for it wasn't. True, the West was a tough place to live in the 19th century, especially during feuds over gold, but it wasn't a day of just regular killing.

Some people have accused "Pale Rider" was being a rip off of the classic 1953 film "Shane". I will not deny the fact that they are very similar in a lot of regards and share similar scenes. A stranger coming to a settlement in the Old West during a feud between a successful land tycoon and homesteaders on land he wants was used in "Shane". But "Pale Rider" is in no way, shape, or form a rip-off. Any similarities to "Shane" is a homage, a tribute of respect. After all, Eastwood was attempting to save the Western genre, and perhaps this was his way of reminding the audiences of the great films of the past. Yet, he could do it without copying it. He just re-visioned it.

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